The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce that the final total raised for the ninth annual WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk is $321,600.
This is a 5.4 percent increase over last year’s total of $305,000. At least 1,000 walkers, young and old, let their feet do the walking to help feed the hungry Jan. 21 at the Miromar Outlets in Estero. The two-mile family and pet-friendly walk is the food bank’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
"Last Saturday, a huge crowd from every walk of life came together to raise money to feed our hungry neighbors,” said Richard LeBer, food bank president and CEO. “We are overwhelmed at the support, which makes our work possible."
The Walk supports emergency food programs that feed children, families, seniors and others in need through the food bank’s network of more than 150 partner agencies. These agencies operate food pantries, soup kitchens and other feeding programs that serve 28,000 Southwest Floridians each week.
All funds from the Walk will stay in the Southwest Florida area. Each $1 donated can provide $8 in food value. That means the walk will provide $2.57 million worth of food to those who often don’t know where their next meal is coming from in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.
The walk was presented by Garden Street Companies and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. The Major sponsor was the Copperleaf Charitable Foundation. Gold sponsors were CenturyLink, Florida Gulf Coast University, McDonald’s and Lipman.